Are you interested in collaborating with like-minded creatives and passionate to contribute to the Brisbane punk rock or skateboarding scenes? You are? Fuck yeah!
Observe is a small group of like-minded individuals coming together as one to promote and progress the local skateboarding community of Brisbane and its surrounding areas in the realest way possible. Observe takes action through the projects it undertakes. You can do your part by joining the team and helping out in whatever capacity you can.
Currently we’re invested in putting out a free, non-profit, bi-monthly DIY punk and skateboarding fanzine called Malaise of which the first issue launched on the 1st of November 2014.
Through the recognition of the obvious connections between music and skating; the point of Malaise is to unify the two cultures, as well as provide a platform for those who are part of these cultures to share ideas and passion about what they love – perpetuating the movement of progression within the two as artistic ventures.
Malaise has a hearty reviews section where bands or artists can submit their music/zines to be reviewed in-house. In order to support local businesses related to the zine (e.g. skate shops/companies or record labels/stores), there are small free ad spaces as well. The most integral parts of Malaise are the columns, articles and art/photo features as these are where said individuals share their stories and spread ideas.
You can help to put out future issues of Malaise by dropping us a line via email and letting us know what you do, who you are, and how you’d like to help. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
This is just a list of a couple, but there are plenty ways for you to get involved with Malaise:
- Distribution – managing subscriptions, talking to shops about their stocks, organizing zine fest tables, promoting launches via social media, and more
- Content – contacting people/bands/artists about features, being a regular columnist/photographer/illustrator, collaborating on layout and editorial of each issue, and more
- Reviewing – Anyone involved with Malaise and the collective is eligible to write reviews for the in-house reviews section of the zine. We receive the music/zines in the mail or however and you, as an active member of the collective, may be given them to write your thoughts on it – all within your enthusiasm to do so of course. But who doesn’t wanna listen to records and read zines all day?
In related news, Observe is hosting a record party at the end of the month on either Thursday 27th or Saturday 29th at 6pm. A venue is being searched for at the moment – somewhere we can all come together and listen to records, talk zines/music/skating and just have a chilled session. Join the facebook event to keep updated via social media cyber-robotics, or watch this space!